Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem buys an exceptional work by Jan Porcellis
On Wednesday 4 October, Haarlem’s mayor Jos Wienen unveiled the museum’s latest purchase in the Frans Hals Museum. It is the painting Ships in a Storm, an exceptional, early and well-preserved seascape by Jan Porcellis dating from around 1618/1622. Porcellis brought about a revolution in painting seascapes – precisely in his Haarlem period. ‘This unique acquisition bolsters the story of Haarlem as the centre of artistic innovation at the beginning of the Golden Age, where huge changes took place in painting,’ said Ann Demeester, director of the Frans Hals Museum | De Hallen Haarlem. Top-quality works by Jan Porcellis are very rare and hardly ever come on to the market. The painting was purchased for € 800,000 with the support of the Mr. Cornelis Roozen Fund Foundation, the Mondrian Fund and the Rembrandt Society – thanks in part to its Daan Cevat Fund and its Coleminks Fund.
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Please click on the image thumbnail to download the press image. Please use the following credit line: Jan Porcellis – Ships in a Storm, c. 1618/22, oil on panel, Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem
Old and Contemporary Art in A Global Table
What do still lifes tell us about colonial and trade relations in the Golden Age?
A Global Table runs in the Frans Hals Museum and De Hallen Haarlem from 23 September 2017 to 7 January 2018. This unique exhibition featuring old and new art showcases the magnificent food still lifes of the Golden Age. It offers an alternative reading of these works as documents from an eventful history. What does the food we see tell us about the Netherlands’ colonial and trade relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries? Curatorial Fellow Abigail Winograd (Israel, 1983) initiates dialogues between some thirty exquisite still lifes and works by contemporary artists who are interested in world trade and the effects of colonialism.
The Art of Laughter: Humour in the Golden Age
Rarely have more humorous paintings been produced than in the Dutch Golden Age. Naughty children, stupid peasants, foolish dandies and befuddled drunks, quack doctors, pimps, procuresses, lazy maids and lusty ladies – they figure in large numbers in Golden Age masterpieces. The Art of Laughter: Humour in the Golden Age presents the first ever overview of humour in seventeenth-century painting. The exhibition runs from 11 November 2017 to 18 March 2018 in the Frans Hals Museum.